PARISHVILLE - A new era began in Parishville Monday as Councilman Rodney G. Votra, a Republican, was ushered in as the new town supervisor, filling the vacancy created by Jerry Moores recent resignation.
Mr. Moore left his post on Friday due to a job promotion after more than a decade of service to the town, including time as the code enforcement officer.
Mr. Votra has been on the town board since 2004 and also previously served on the towns zoning board of appeals. He currently works for the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department.
I live here in Parishville with my wife, Denice, and we have two children - Zachary and Monica, ages 22 and 18, Mr. Votra said.
One of the biggest (projects) that I want to see us work on and get done sooner than later is this whole town barn project. When we did the new town barn project, it was because that (old) building couldnt be repaired. There was no repair to it without costing the town a lot of money. So I want to see that property cleaned up and hopefully we can move forward with it - whether the town decides to sell the property or clean it up and do something else with it, that will be up to the board and what they decide, he noted.
During their Feb. 25 regular meeting, town officials opted to condemn the old town barn, located on state Route 72. After talking with town engineer John Carr, they also decided to put the demolition of the building out to bid.
Mr. Votras resignation from his councilman position creates a vacancy on the town board. Town officials say they will be actively pursuing a candidate for that seat.
Mr. Moore was re-elected to his third term as supervisor in November, but at times last year was mulling whether he was going to seek another term
(Running for town supervisor) was a conversation that I had with Jerry when he was up in the air last fall. I was interested in running if he wasnt, Mr. Votra explained. It was a conversation that we had (because) I didnt want him to run and then a short term into it not be here. He expected to be here longer than what he was.
When he was here, I think the town board worked well together. Weve got some things accomplished - the new town barn was built. We always agreed to disagree if we had issues that we all werent in sync on, but we still worked through them and worked them out. We appreciate his service to the town, Mr. Votra said.